Howie Cup – Match Day 12
After the penultimate round of games, it is still all to play for at the top of the league while it’s all over at the bottom.
James Whiteford 3 – 6 David Reid
In a rather tactical (or slow) game, David continued his recent good form to overcome Jimuk’s hog-line bandits. Opening with a deuce, David eased into a 4-1 lead with a single and a steal in the third and fourth ends. Two down in the sixth, Jimuk piled a lot of stones into the head and left David drawing against 3. With his last stone, David caught Jimuk’s front stone but rolled in to cut the steal to only one. In the last end with the centre line open, both skips were trying to hit and roll behind cover. In the end, it was David that scored another deuce to take the game and move into the third promotion spot.
Craig Reid 13 – 7 Gavin Reid
Craig, playing with two reserves for the second game running, started and ended this game with purpose. Taking a 5 at the first end, Craig kept Gavin to a single in the second before swapping deuces. Gavin stole two singles in the fifth and sixth to cut Craig’s lead to 2, before the team s again swapped deuces. Craig finished the game with 4 in the ninth to maintain his chance of winning the league. Gavin’s hopes of winning the league have now disappeared and has to hope other results go his way to secure a promotion spot.
Hugh Reid 9 – 4 Peter Barrett
With Peter and his rink struggling to find their weight and Hugh’s rink clearing out any counters, this game was effective over after four ends. Taking a 3 in the second Hugh stole another 3 in the third and a single in the fourth to lead 7-1. Peter took a single in the 5th and swapped deuces before conceding after the seventh end. The win keeps Hugh on track to complete the league double with a win next week.
Jim Kirkwood 9 – 3 Tom Reid
Playing their last game of the season, the presidential duo put paid to Tom’s wafer thin hope of avoiding relegation and with it, sealed the final positions at the foot of the table. With a 3 in the second, Jim then stole a single and a deuce to lead 6-1 after four ends. Tom took singles in the next two ends before Jim finished the game with another 3 in the seventh.